Thomas McKinless

12 Ratings Changes for House, Senate and Gubernatorial Races: 4 Toward GOP, 8 Toward Democrats
Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales — an authoritative look at where things stand for 2018

With so many close races in the ever-changing 2018 landscape, Roll Call elections analyst Nathan Gonzales has one big question: how long after Election Day will the nation have to wait before knowing which party will control Congress? Watch the video for Gonzales’ analysis, plus a debrief on a handful of ratings changes less than three weeks out, which are listed in full below.


Cory Gardner Does a Mitch McConnell Impression, Talks Star Wars and Divulges His Run-In with Prince

Roll Call sat down with Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner to take five questions — a discussion that included which Star Wars character he would be, his favorite Senate leadership story (starring Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Orrin Hatch), his biggest pet peeve, and his chance encounter with pop legend Prince....
Year of the Pizza: DC Restaurant Has Special Pizza Recipes Saluting Women Candidates

Local pizza joint Pizza Paradiso is slinging weekly pizza and beer specials leading up to Election Day paying tribute to various female candidates for office. Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano sat down with owner Ruth Gresser and beer director Drew McCormick to talk about the different pizza and beer combinations they came up with to represent aspiring congresswomen like Gina Ortiz Jones, Lauren Underwood and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez....
Watch: New Elizabeth Warren Video Reveals Genetic Test Results and Talks Heritage With Her Family

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released on Monday the results of a DNA test showing that she has Native American ancestry. President Donald Trump has mocked Warren’s claims of Native American heritage, often referring to the senator as “Pocahontas.” Warren is up for reelection this year in a race that...
‘Winter is Coming,’ Tardy Speeches and Ye in the Oval: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Oct. 8, 2018

“I had important meetings today with senators and everything, nobody cared,” President Donald Trump said near the conclusion of his freewheeling sit down with rapper and music producer Kanye West in the Oval Office on Thursday. The buzz-worthy event capped off the Senate’s last week in Washington before heading home to campaign, a busy week filled with music legends, Game of Thrones references and errant cell phones.

Watch: Trump Announces Nikki Haley’s Departure as UN Ambassador — Successor to Come in 2-3 Weeks

President Donald Trump and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley announced from the Oval Office on Tuesday that Haley would be stepping down from her UN post at the end of the year.

“We’re all happy for you in one way, but we hate to lose — hopefully you’ll be coming back at some point,” Trump said, praising the outgoing ambassador. 

‘Boo Yourself,’ 4 Pinocchios and Phones on the Floor: Congressional Hits and Misses
 Week of Oct. 1, 2018

It’s been a pretty contentious — and long — week in the Senate. During the Brett Kavanaugh nomination fracas, some senators were defending their nominee while trying to figure out how to silence their cell phones. ...
Anti-Kavanaugh Protesters Stir Up Ruckus Outside McConnell's Office 

Protesters continued their morning protests against Brett Kavanaugh, moving from outside of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s home to outside of his office on Capitol Hill. There have been many protests in the wake of sexual assault allegations against the Supreme Court nominee and they are likely to continue Friday with the final Senate vote happening sometime over the weekend. ...
Massive, Loud and Passionate Anti-Kavanaugh Protest Takes Over Hart Building

U.S. Capitol Police arrested scores of protesters in the Hart Senate office building Thursday afternoon. The demonstration was organized by the Women’s March to protest the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The Senate has a vote planned for Friday to advance the nomination following the results of an FBI investigation of sexual assault allegations against the judge in the 1980s.

Watch: Activists Blast ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape on Loop at Capitol to Protest Kavanaugh

The women’s advocacy group Ultraviolet played the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape on a loop in front of the Capitol on Thursday to protest President Donald Trump’s Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The group plans to play the footage from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the eve of the Senate’s planned cloture vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination Friday....
24 House Ratings Change in Favor of Democrats, One Month Out

Roll Call elections analyst Nathan L. Gonzales has two dozen House race ratings shifts — and they’re all positive for Democrats. Nearly one month from Election Day, Gonzales discusses how it’s more a question of Democratic prospects being good or great in the House than anything else. See below for a full list of all the ratings shifts and watch the video for more analysis. ...
Security Increases for Senate Judiciary Members as Tensions Heighten on the Hill

Sen. Lindsey Graham was escorted by a security detail to the Senate subway on Tuesday while being followed by protesters shouting at him. Graham is an outspoken GOP member of the committee overseeing the confirmation process of embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which was marred by protests last week. 

The anti-Kavanaugh protesters waiting in the Russell entrance to the Senate subway also accosted Republican Sens. John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy, but cheered at the arrivals of Sens. Mazie Hirono and Bernie Sanders. 

This New York District is the Race to Watch for Democrats in the Trump Era
At the Races, an inside analysis into 2018 House and Senate races that our political reporters — Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé — are keeping tabs on

New York’s 19th District is larger than the state of Connecticut and home to one of the closest House races in the country in 2018. Senior politics reporter Bridget Bowman breaks down the election between Republican incumbent Rep. John J. Faso and Democratic challenger Antonio Delgado....
Hallelujah, Two Copies of National Geographic and the Chinese People’s Libertarian Army: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Sept. 24, 2018

It’s been a long week. But as the nation watched the Senate Judiciary Committee hold a trying, emotional Supreme Court hearing, the rest of the Capitol was up to its usual foibles. Take a break from the drama with this week’s Hits and Misses, featuring George Gershwin, the Chinese Libertarian Army and a bipartisan love of National Geographic. 

Graham on Flake Maneuver: Jeff’s Trying His Best to Bring the Country Together

Sen. Jeff Flake, one of a handful of senators who could determine the fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, voted Friday to advance the nomination, under the condition that the floor vote will be pushed back one week to allow time for an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against the nominee.

Senators from both sides of the aisle praised the delay. “We are in a better place than we were at 8 a.m. this morning,” Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar said.